Jewish Creativity During and Post COVID

Jewish Creativity During and Post COVID
Event Time
2:00 PM
Dr. Rotem Rozental, Gustavo Herrera, Adam McKinney


Event Details


Jewish Creativity During and Post COVID

Tuesday, 2pm-3:30pm PDT

The Covid era reminded us how vital artists are for the well-being of our communities. As we all isolated at home, Jewish artists created powerful, thought-provoking adventures that shaped the way we see the world, our surroundings and ourselves. However, in sharp contrast the Covid era also crystalized artists’ financial and social vulnerabilities.

Join Gustavo Herrera, AJU alum and Executive Director of Arts for LA and Adam McKinney, choreographer and community activist, who will be in conversation with Dr. Rotem Rozental, AJU’s Chief Curator and Senior Director of Arts and Culture. They will be addressing their experiences this past year and how the shift in the art world will affect the future for artists in the months ahead.

Spaces to each session are extremely limited to give ample opportunity for discussion, so we encourage you to enroll today to participate in this premiere opportunity.

May 25th Presenters:

Dr. Rotem Rozental, Chief Curator, Senior Director of Arts and Culture, AJU

Gustavo Herrera, Executive Director, Arts for LA

Adam McKinney, Co-Founder & Co-Director, DNAWORKS


rotem rozental

Dr. Rotem Rozental is Chief Curator and Senior Director of Arts and Culture at American Jewish University. Israeli photo-historian, scholar, consultant, lecturer and mother (not necessarily in that order!), her writings appeared in, Tablet, Philosophy of Photography, Tohu Magazine, and Alaxon, among other outlets. Rotem’s work has been recognized and supported by various organizations, including Artis, Independent Curators International (ICI) and The Center for Jewish History.


gustavo herrera

Gustavo Herrera was appointed as Arts for LA’s Executive Director in December 2018.   

Most recently, Gustavo served as the Western Regional Director for Young Invincibles (YI), where he set strategic direction and advanced YI’s policy priorities on health care, higher education, jobs, and civic engagement for the region. Prior to his policy advocacy role, Gustavo was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes (LAPCA), overseeing the day-to-day operation of a county museum, including the oversight of a master plan committee responsible for developing three acres of additional museum campus. From 2010-2012, Gustavo led the Maestro Foundation, a classical music and performance arts foundation. Between 2007-2010, he assessed and recommended business growth strategies in the US marketplace for the global Fortune 500 Company, American Honda Motors, Co. 

Gustavo holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from American Jewish University and a dual Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies with an emphasis in socio-politics and economics and Art History from the University of California Santa Barbara. Gustavo serves on the Board of Directors of California Forward, Mt. San Antonio College Foundation and Californians for the Arts. He is an Advisory Board Member for the California Physician’s Alliance and the American Jewish University MBA program. 

adam mckinney

Adam W. McKinney is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of DNAWORKS, an arts and service organization committed to healing through the arts and dialogue. In 2019, DNAWORKS co-convened the “1012 Leadership Coalition” to acquire and transform Fort Worth, TX’s former KKK Klavern No. 101 Auditorium into the Fred Rouse Center and Museum for Arts and Community Healing. McKinney danced professionally with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Béjart Ballet Lausanne, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, and Milwaukee Ballet Company. He served as a U.S. Embassy Culture Connect Envoy to South Africa through the U.S. State Department and was named one of the most influential African Americans in Milwaukee, WI by St. Vincent DePaul. He holds a B.F.A. in Dance Performance (Butler University) and an M.A. in Dance Studies with concentrations in Race and Trauma theories (NYU-Gallatin). McKinney is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.

Event Contact
Contact Name
The Whizin Center for Continuing Education
Phone Number
(310) 440-1572